Glassworks Building — 815 W Market St, penthouse west-facing + partial riverview loft
Stay at one of the most unique and breathtaking places in Louisville. Open the door to this 840 square foot penthouse loft, with 14 foot ceilings, and in front of you is a 20 feet of windows overlooking West Louisville, Indiana's Floyds Knobs (a picturesque view of lush hills) and a partial view of the falls of the Ohio River. The windows are 20 feet in length and 7 1/2+ feet in height. Every day I wake up deliriously happy because the first thing I see in the morning is this view, and I stay that way all day for the same reason. I would love for you to experience this during your time in Louisville!
A string of adjectives for you that describe my space. . . Sun-drenched, Modern, Urban and Industrial Chic. The open floor plan allows you to enjoy time together with your friends, and the distinct spaces created using groupings of furniture allow you to have more intimate gatherings when you choose. The exposed concrete floors give you a raw, industrial feel while the carefully chosen decor warms up the space for a truly comfortable stay in an edgy space.
The space is 1 of 2 penthouse west-facing + partial riverview lofts in the historic Glassworks Building in downtown Louisville. Glassworks is a multi-use facility dedicated to the art of glass featuring 2 working glass studios, 2 glass galleries, a walk-in workshop and daily tours. That gives you a lot to do before you even step outside the building.
Plus, enjoy the convenience of private underground secure parking with a key card access elevator (as available on a first-come, first-served basis). Should you need anything during your stay, there is 24-hour security at the lobby front desk.
**** I have other comparably decorated and furnished lofts available in the same building on this floor + the floor below to accommodate up to 28+ more people. (Check out "My Other Listings" in the right-hand side bar of this listing under my profile picture for details on this space or contact me for the link to the other listings.) Have a large group? We've got you covered with 3 stunning spaces in the same building! ****
Staying here, you are in the Glassworks District, adjacent to Museum Row and blocks away from Whiskey Row. Without leaving a 2-block radius you can:
— Take the elevator down to Jazzyblu for a cocktail and a spot of live music or, if it's the weekend, chill in their cozy lounge, Blu, with dance music;
— Watch glass blowing artisans working it on the ground level;
— Walk to the world-renowned 21C Museum Hotel which houses restaurant Proof on Main and the 21C contemporary art museum;
— Stroll just a fraction further to St Charles Exchange restaurant and choose a libation from their lengthy cocktail list that showcases turn of the century mixed drinks in a casually elegant space reminiscent of a 1900's hotel lobby bar;
— Meander down Museum Row which includes Frazier History Museum, Glassworks, Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Kentucky Science Center, Kentucky Museum of Art + Craft, 21c Museum Hotel, The Muhammad Ali Center and The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts;
— or Jog to the Louisville Riverwalk for your morning run in Waterfront Park.
There is more, but I couldn't risk losing your interest by making this section even longer!
Venture a little further east (1.3 miles) on Market on the free downtown TARC trolley and you will find a plethora of amazing and unique restaurants. Louisville is a foodie town and this section, NuLu, is at the heart of the up-and-coming restaurant scene. Also, enjoy antique shops, art galleries and specialty stores.
Still with me? Let's go a little further down the road to The Highlands (about 3 miles to the southeast). Sometimes referred to as "Restaurant Row," the Highlands in Louisville is best known for its eclectic local shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. In fact, the three mile stretch of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue that intersects the Highlands has the highest density of bars and restaurants in Louisville.
I could keep going, but you are only staying for a couple of days, right?
AMENITIES — It is our goal to make your stay better than any 5-star hotel. To that end your stay includes:
— Daily Housekeeping
— Private Underground Secure Parking with Key Card Access Elevator (for one car as available on a first-come, first-served basis)
— Concierge Service (provided by yours truly!)
— Driving Service (Don't want to have to worry about parking at Churchill Downs, the Waterfront for Forecastle, etc.? We can drive you. It's not a town-car, but it's a one-year old Honda Accord Crosstour with leather seats. If you can handle that, we would be happy to drive you to where you need to be. Fine Print: up to 2 pick-ups and drop-offs each at no charge; more pick-ups or drop-offs for a charge; and all complimentary transportation is for within I-265, i.e. the Gene Snyder.)
— Bottled Water, Complimentary
— Mini Bar (at your request we will stock the kitchen with items from a shopping list you give us, just reimburse us for the cost of the groceries, no up-charge!)
— Babysitting Available (at a nominal cost)
— Plush Robe and Slippers (4 included for use during your stay)
— Hair Dryer
— Toiletries: you will find shampoo, conditioner + bath gel in the shower
— Wake Up Call available
— Laundry, Pressing and Dry Cleaning available
— Iron and Ironing Board
— High-speed Password-protected Wifi
— Flat Screen LCD HDTV
— Full Kitchen
— Coffee Maker
— iPod / Android / iPad / Tablet / Whatever-System-You-Use-For-Music Bluetooth-enabled Speakers
— Alarm Clock
— Original Art
— And did I mention Breathtaking Views of Indiana's Floyds Knobs + of the Ohio River?
Remember, we want to make your visit to the Derby City a wonderful experience — really and truly we do — so please contact us if extra luxuries are needed. We will assess what mountains need to be moved and acquire the equipment to move said mountains.
DRIVING DISTANCE FROM POINTS OF INTEREST:
— Churchill Downs: 13 minutes (4.2 miles)
— SDF, Louisville International Airport: 12 minutes (7 miles)
— LOU, Bowman Field Airport for personal aircraft: 12 minutes (7.3 miles)
— INTERSTATES: I-64: 3 minutes (0.2 miles); I-65: 5 minutes (1.1 miles); I-71: 6 minutes (2.4 miles); I-264/Watterson Expy: 10 minutes (5.9 miles)
ENTERTAINMENT: Centrally located for walking or driving a very short distance to some of the best dining and bars in Louisville — Downtown/Main Street (you can see it from the window!); E Market Street/NuLu (1.3 miles); Old Louisville (2 miles); Bardstown Road (3 miles); and Frankfort Avenue (3 miles).
Downtown Louisville and Main Street restaurants and bars such as Proof on Main, St. Charles Exchange, MilkWood (a new creation by Chef Edward Lee of Top Chef fame), Hillbilly Tea, Doc Crow's and Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar.
Old Louisville restaurants such as 610 Magnolia (Chef Edward Lee's original Louisville creation) and Smoketown USA.
NuLu/East Market Street restaurants and bars such as Harvest, Decca, Wiltshire, Rye, Ghyslain, Mayan Café, Taco Punk, Toast on Market, Garage Bar, Please + Thank You, Haymarket Whiskey Bar and Louisville Beer Store.
Bardstown Road restaurants and bars such as Jack Fry's, Lilly's, Asiatique, Dragon King's Daughter, Ramsi's Café on the World, Monkey Wrench and Nowhere Bar.
Frankfort Ave/Crescent Hill/Clifton restaurants and bars such as Varanese, El Mundo, Grape Leaf, Porcini, The Comfy Cow and Blue Dog Bakery & Café.
Here's the deal. . . I love my city, and I love to help people fall in love with my city. So you could not be in better hands concierge-wise! Let me know what you want to make your Derby City weekend perfect and I'll help you set it up.
Sleeping — Sleeps up to 14 people (that's up to 7 queen-size beds)
There are 2 distinct sleeping areas, and because of the furniture layout it can sleep up to 4 with visual privacy and up to 14 with less privacy. The master bedroom has a queen size memory foam mattress. It has been sectioned off from the space with a privacy screen. The 2nd Bedroom is also sectioned off with a privacy screen and has a queen size memory foam mattress. We can also put in up to 5 more queen-size, memory-foam beds to accommodate up to 14 guests total.
Bathroom — 1 Bathroom. (For guest numbers above 6 access to a 2nd bathroom may be available. Ask me for details.)
There is one toilet, one sink, one mirror, several shelves for toiletries, one shower with a tub, and all the clean and new towels you could want.
Eating and Dining areas — Dining area seats 4-14+ people.
Good news! We have the technology to set up a table to accommodate the size of your party!! To sit at you will find white leather chairs that are soft like butter. Speaking of butter, did you want to eat? Well, the Kitchen is stocked with appliances and amenities for your dining pleasure. (If there is an appliance that you want, chances are I have it in my personal space + can make it available to you. As they say, "Ask + you shall receive" — well, most probably, if I have what you are looking for!)
Entertaining and Lounging — Welcome to the Lounge Pit. . .
When there are 3 or less beds in the loft, there are is room for 1 hang out space. In said space, I have a large modular, white leather, sectional sofa that can be set up as an U-shaped couch or as, what I believe is technically called, a lounge pit with the extra ottomans filling the center. It's a great spot to chill and watch a movie or two or even get some work done on your laptop. Speaking of getting work done, you will have high-speed, password-protected WiFi coursing through your computer. But what will you listen to whilst you are trapped in the lounge pit? How about my iPhone/Andriod/MP3 player docking speakers. Yeah, I think that should about do it. Oh wait, there is an HDTV across from said lounging area. Yep, that's to entertain you, the lounge-y one lounging in the lounge pit.
No smoking, no pets (I would get kicked out of my place and I know you don't want that.)
Refundable Damage Deposit and Rental Agreement required.
PLEASE READ THE HOUSE RULES THOROUGHLY BEFORE MAKING A (email hidden)ANKS!
Had a great time! My girl was literally speech less!! Felt like we walked into a movie!!
Sarah's place is lovely. Spotlessly clean, stylish, and with all sorts of thoughtful touches; great coffee, toiletries stocked in the bathroom, even cotton balls.
Sarah had contacted me in advance of my arrival, and the loft was stocked with some basic groceries upon my arrival.
The location is terrific, right near some amazing restaurants, the museum area, and walking distance to everything.
I would definitely stay with Sarah again, when I return to Louisville!
My husband and I had a terrific visit to Louisville. A first time visit for us both, we started on a high note with Sarah's incredible flat with a view of Louisville, the Ohio River, and the Kentucky Hills that was amazing at all times of day and all weathers. Sarah was an experienced and delightful host and attended to every detail that would make our stay more comfortable and more pleasant. Louisville restaurants are incredible, and in two days we sampled Cake Flour, Taco Punk, and Mayan Cafe in NULU, BLU Italian Grill for a wonderful Xmas buffet (the ravioli was *****), and had Xmas Eve dinner and a breakfast at Proof on Main. We'd return to all of them again! And we'll be back looking out the windows of Sarah's flat as soon as we can manage it!
Our group of 4 decided to swing through Louisville en route to Cincinnati, and thank goodness we did! We had a blast, and Sarah's loft was absolutely perfect for us. Loft was great- bigger than we expected- and in a superb location. Just a couple of blocks from Louisville Slugger and (my new favorite place on the planet) 21c. Would definitely stay here again!
Had another great stay at the Glassworks! Definitely, all the comforts of home and more!
The place was not only fantastic, but the personal attention to detail and the service Sarah and her team provided was over the top! Will certainly make this a regular place to stay when in Louisville!
Sarah is a great host! She was very tentative to my group and always had great feedback and recommendations on what to do. If you are ever in the Louisville area, I highly recommend Sarah's beautiful lofts. Thank you Sarah!
Sarah was a great host - friendly, flexible, and professional. Beautiful sunset views and minimalist, urban decor make this the perfect place to rest on your way through Louisville.
Sarah was so accommodating during our stay. She went beyond what was necessary to make sure we were comfortable guests. Her place was very clean and larger than expected. Thanks for everything!!!!! We would definitely stay here again. A+++
This is a truly incredible space! Please, if you're visiting Louisville, stay here with Sarah and Robin.
The loft is large and wonderfully beautiful, with a modern-industrial feel to the decor. Still, it's very inviting, including a full kitchen that is stocked with supplies and two beds. The view is truly magnificent, and provides a gorgeous, unforgettable Louisville sunset.
We only stayed one night, but I wish it had been longer! Our experience honestly left us wondering if relocating to Louisville was a feasible option. Sarah was out of town during our stay, but her business partner Robin was immensely helpful and friendly. We didn't need much, but I'm positive she would have been of wonderful assistance if we needed it!
Thanks so much for a truly magical stay in Kentucky. We will be back!